Mell Rifles & Troup Light Artillery

Mell Rifles & Troup Light Artillery (HMOG)

Location: Jefferson, MD 21755 Frederick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 24.33', W 77° 38.392'

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(Front Side): The Mell Rifles, Co. D, Cobb's Legion Infantry, was raised in Athens, GA. in July 1861, by Patrick Hues Mell, Baptist minster and Vice Chancellor of the University of Georgia. After Mell resigned due to his wife's death, Thomas U. Camak was named commander. John Boswell Cobb, Robert Goodman, and W.A. Winn were named lieutenants. Noncommissioned officers were J.F. Wilson, Wm. A. Gilleland, S.P. Kenney, G.W. Barber, J.J. Mattox, and L.H. Horne. The unit fought throughout the war until two days before Appomattox when it was surrounded and captured.

Sgt. Benjamin Mell, son of Patrick, was seriously wounded. Thomas S. Lee, a local Southern sympathizer, nursed Mell at his home, "Needwood Forest," near Petersville. Mell died there on Oct. 21, 1862, and was buried in St. Mark's Episcopal Churchyard, Petersville, his grave marked by a handsome monument.

The Troup Light Artillery was organized in Athens in 1859 and was placed under command of Professor Marcellus Stanley. Stanley later became ill and turned over command to Dr. Henry Carlton, an Athens physician. In his report on the Battle of Crampton's Gap, Gen. Howell Cobb praised the unit for coolness under fire in checking the advance of the enemy.

(Back Side): This marker is erected to honor the memory of Athenians and their neighbors who fell at Crampton's Gap on September 14, 1862. The valor of these citizen-soldiers is remembered with gratitude and affection. Most of these men now lie in uninscribed graves in Washington Confederate Cemetery, Rose Hill, Hagerstown, MD:

Troup Light Artillery
Cobb's Legion, Cobb's Brigade
John J.N. Kenney

Mell Rifles or Camak's Company
Co. D, Cobb's Legion Infantry, Cobb's Brigade
J. Martin V.B. Cody, Asa G. Haguewood, John McHannon
Cody Fowler, George T. Highland, Jr., Benjamin Mell
William Glover, John F. Kenney, Burwell E. Yerby

Also killed were Col. John Basil Lamar, General Howell Cobb's aide and brother-in-law, and Lt. Col. Jefferson Mirabeau Lamar, Commander of Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb's Georgia Legion Infantry, who had close ties to Athens.
Year Placed1992
Placed ByAthens (GA) Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 2:47am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272704 N 4365102
Decimal Degrees39.40550000, -77.63986667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 24.33', W 77° 38.392'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 24' 19.80" N, 77° 38' 23.52" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 900-998 Arnoldstown Rd, Jefferson MD 21755, US
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